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Memory loss might be considered a disability

West Virginia residents and others who experience memory loss could use it as a basis to obtain disability benefits. This could be the case whether it is related to another condition like depression or is the result of a head injury. Individuals could also experience short-term memory loss because of chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Whether or not difficulty remembering past events is considered to be a disability depends on the level of impairment it creates.

Obtaining benefits because of hearing loss

Individuals in West Virginia or any other state who have hearing loss may be able to qualify for disability benefits. However, the facts of the case will determine the grounds for which they qualify for them. In some cases, hearing loss will be used as part of a justification for allowing a medical vocational allowance. In others, the fact that a person has trouble hearing will be enough to obtain them.

Some heart attack patients may qualify for SSD benefits

West Virginia residents who have suffered heart attacks often wonder if they will thereafter qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The answer is it depends. Many cases that are filed due to a myocardial infarction, the medical phrase for a heart attack, are eventually approved for benefits, but many of them are not as well. Whether or not a particular claim will be approved depends on the same factors as other claims. The individual who is applying for disability benefits must be unable to work for a period of 12 months or must be expected to be unable to work for 12 months.

Will you have to attend a disability hearing?

If you filed for disability benefits, it is because you need financial support due to your inability to work. Whether it is due to a medical condition, severe injury or mental illness, you are unable to earn a gainful income. It can be incredibly disheartening to learn that your claim came back denied, but that is actually quite normal. 

Circumstances dictate when a disability hearing can be sped up

West Virginians who have an illness, condition or disability that they believe warrants Social Security disability benefits will want to get an approval as quickly as possible. Despite this, it can be problematic to convince the Social Security Administration to expedite the hearing. Still, it is possible if the circumstances warrant it. When applying, it is important to know when this can be done.

Can a person with a mental illness get disability benefits?

When a West Virginia reader is unable to work due to a medical problem or illness, it can lead to serious financial issues. Without income, a person may not be able to pay for necessary medical expenses, afford reasonable housing and buy basic necessities. This is why Social Security benefits exist – to provide support for people who cannot support themselves by holding gainful employment.

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